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Publisher's Summary

In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father. Hired by Cicero to investigate the charges, Gordianus sets out to discover the truth in a case - and a society - rife with deceit, betrayal, and conspiracy. As he draws nearer to the truth, the conspiracy looms ever larger until Gordianus begins to perceive the hand of the dictator Sulla himself. Playing for stakes much higher than he bargained for, Gordianus finds that not only is he himself endangered but so are all those around him as well.
©1991 Steven Saylor (P)1996 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Remarkable....a stirring blend of history and mystery, well seasoned with conspiracy, passion and intrigue....A classic historical mystery, in every sense." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls." ( Sunday Times London)
"Gripping....a combination of Hithccock-style suspense and vivid historical detail." ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Miles Gloriosus on 09-15-10

Good story, bad reader

I purchased 'Roman Blood' when it first came out in hardback, as well as almost all Saylor's other books. I wanted to re-experience his stories in audio now. However, I find Scott Harrison to be a poor choice to read any stories, except perhaps some of the Audible Kids titles. His voice is juvenile in tenor, as is his attempt to portray different voices for different characters in the story. He has no sense of proper emotion for the scene, and mispronounces various words scattered throughout the story. He lacks the maturity and dignitas for stories who ancient loci and personae demand them. I recommend sewing Harrison's renditions of Saylor's books in a sack and throwing them in the nearest Tiber or appropriate substitute.

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16 of 17 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By m williams on 02-11-13


Would you try another book from Steven Saylor and/or Scott Harrison?


What was most disappointing about Steven Saylor’s story?

It seemed to be a contrivance, whose sole purpose was to show off the author's scholarship (which seems considerable).

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Harrison?

Virtually any true voice actor on the planet. At best, Scott Harrison is a reader, but not a very good one at that.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Certainly disappointment, as I am a fan of Rome and Roman history, and was looking forward to a good read.

Any additional comments?

I'd like to try another Saylor story, read by someone else. If for no other reason than to see if my adverse reaction to the former is prompted by the latter.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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